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ALADDIN: Guy Ritchie Tapped For Live-Action Reboot

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Guy Ritchie Set To Direct Live-Action Version of Aladdin

Disney has selected The Man from U.N.C.L.E. director Guy Ritchie to helm a live-action reboot of the animated 1992 film.

In addition, it is reported that Ritchie will offer a new twist on the classic story by approaching it from a non-linear prospective. This creative decision means that the film audiences see will be different from the original in more ways than they expect:

Based on the Middle-Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, the 1992 animated film was co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who had previously-directed The Little Mermaid and would go on to make other Disney classics including HerculesTreasure PlanetThe Princess and the Frog, and the upcoming Moana. It famously featured Robin Williams as the film’s genie, along with Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Frank Welker as Aladdin’s monkey pal Abu, plus Douglas Seale as The Sultan, and Gilbert Gottfried as Iago. Aladdin was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “A Whole New World.”

The film would go on to spawn two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, plus a TV series simply titled Aladdin that would bring things full circle and later crossover with Hercules: The Animated Series.

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